Tearoom of the Figmental Soul

Challenge 6 ~ Take two characters from different genres. Sit them at the same table in a coffee or tea shop. What do they talk about? Change the setting to a bar. How does the conversation change? Would they choose to meet up again?

I chose Coral from Soulkeeper by Brian Simons and Dr. Anna from Exhume by Danielle Girard. Soulkeeper is a recent LitRPG (Speculative Fiction) read that I really enjoyed. Exhume, a modern day Mystery, isn’t a favorite, but it’s one of my most recent non-Speculative Fiction reads.

Anna’s probably 15 or so years older than Coral and is much more educated, so tea might start off a little stiffly. But Coral is an upbeat person who’s still happy to make friends and help others even when her own life is full of hardship, so I think she’d do her best to make conversation with the more reserved and scared-of-shadows-because-of-past-abuse Anna. I think they’d eventually connect over Anna’s love of Biology (she’s a Pathologist) and Coral’s work as a monster-hide seamstress within Travail Online.

Once Anna got over Travail being a game and realized Coral really worked, making gold that could be converted into money to pay her bills, she’s be interested in the anatomy and response of the creatures that Coral has to kill and skin to sew armor. She’d be particularly interested in the story of sewing zombies together (while still animated). How much resistance did the skin offer? Did there seem to be a pattern to the decay? They’d warm up to each other and thoroughly disgust the rest of the patrons with their body talk.

If we put them in a bar instead… Hmm. I think a bar leads to more personal topics of conversation. Instead of what they each do, they might discuss why they do it. Coral might grab an ale and talk about being unable to find work outside of Travail Online. That the job’s starting to grow on her, but she wishes her parents didn’t have to move to another country to find work. She might be a little turned off, maybe even offended, if Anna, over her red wine, says she doesn’t have difficulty finding work as someone who completed higher education. Then again, if Anna lived in Coral’s world then AI would be infiltrating the role of the Pathologist, so she might commiserate with Coral on the “they took our jobs” front.

You know, I don’t think they’d meet up again. They wouldn’t have too many areas of overlapping interest. But if Anna got a little more adventurous, she might log into Travail to check out the in-game biology for herself. If anyone could talk her into it, Coral’s the one.


Challenge-wise, I’m falling behind a little bit. I’m not upset about it, because I’m keeping the goal of the challenge in mind. This is an exercise in realism: trying to get more comfortable with blogging, increase visibility for my site, and figuring out what I can actually handle. The last two weeks have been full of cars in the shop (both cars at different times), a tree falling on our storage building, dealing with power and insurance, sick dogs, eating differently and an altered sleep schedule. Plus my shoulder partially dislocated two nights ago while I was sleeping, so now I’m dealing with increased pain. I think I’m doing okay on the blogging front with all things considered. Still, it does make me reconsider the name of my challenge. I may switch it from “30 days” to “30 posts” or “30 ideas” or something like that. I’ve maintained from the beginning that they don’t need to be consecutive days, but I think the name still pushes it in that direction. This is a well-needed reminder to keep things realistic. Don’t let a challenge cause you stress when it should be causing inspiration.

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